Unexpected interlacings and interconnections between Proust and Ruskin abound in this book, revealed in chapters relating to places such as Amiens, Chartres and Paris, not forgetting the Sistine Chapel where both writers "fell in love" with Botticelli's Zipporah.
Ruskin's voice inspired Proust to translate, and more importantly to write his great novel À la recherche du temps perdu. How and why are part of the voyage of discovery in Cynthia Gamble's fascinating book. Voix entrelacées de Proust et de Ruskin was identified by the publisers Classiques Garnier as one of their five "most read" books of June 2021.
Cet ouvrage présente la singulière trajectoire de Marcel Proust, dans le sillage de son maître à penser John Ruskin, critique britannique de l’ère victorienne, depuis ses années d’apprentissage jusqu’à son grand roman.
Dr Cynthia Gamble, a graduate of the Université de Grenoble and London University, is Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter. Cynthia finds particular inspiration in working with two languages and cultures, and writes and lectures extensively on Marcel Proust, John Ruskin, the Belle Epoque, and related areas. She is the author of several books including Proust as Interpreter of Ruskin: The Seven Lamps of Translation (2002), Insights into Ruskin’s Northern French Gothic (2002), John Ruskin, Henry James and the Shropshire Lads (2008); and co-author of Ruskin-Turner. Dessins et voyages en Picardie romantique (2003) and of L’Oeil de Ruskin: l’exemple de la Bourgogne (2011). Her Wenlock Abbey 1857-1919: A Shropshire Country House and the Milnes Gaskell Family (2015) is a socio-historico-literary study based on unpublished archive material. Cynthia's most recent book Voix entrelacées de Proust et de Ruskin was published by Classiques Garnier, in Paris, in June 2021. In 2021, she was elected Membre honoraire de l'Académie des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts de Rouen.